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America, my heart is broken. A couple of months ago, I wrote this letter about how awful it feels to be a Black guy who truly loves this country.  And you, America, have responded by making things much, much, worse. […]

Confession: I’ve spent about a week working on my follow-up article to my recent article: Dear America, from a black guy.  It’s taken longer than any other, because I keep getting upset and having to start over again.  There really […]

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” -Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft Motivation can often seem like a mystical force that some people just seem to […]

If you look at your life, you might start to notice a pattern emerge: Certain kinds of relationships, certain kinds of job situations, certain kinds of body difficulties, and all sorts of other things.  Sometimes these patterns can work to […]

On a recent episode of my radio show, Rise UP with B. Dave Walters we discussed the true meaning of Christmas, and how to deal with some of the negative emotions that can come along with it.  I got so emotional […]

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the U.S., but I want to take some time out from cooking turkey to have a quick talk about what you’re grateful for. On a recent episode of Rise UP with B. Dave Walters: Simple Answers to […]

“Just that you do the right thing. The rest doesn’t matter. Cold or warm. Tired or well-rested. Despised or honored. Dying…or busy with other assignments. Because dying, too, is one of our assignments in life. There as well: “To do […]

  Question submitted via Formspring: “I need advice. I’ve been seeing this guy for about 8 months now. We started out with a very casual relationship. We would hang out and we would have sex. That’s it. It was fun […]

“I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. One fig was a husband and a […]

“You always own the option of having no opinion. There is never any need to get worked up or to trouble your soul about things you can’t control. These things are not asking to be judged by you. Leave them […]